Fair point on Columbia. What about Swiss to muddy it up and win a bunch of boring ass games? Don't they have the best defense in that bracket? Kind of like how Greece won the Euro that one year? Not that extreme but you get my drift...agree on the last two, but without James i'm not sure it'd be worth any sort of money to play COL
CRO may be up there with ESP in the midfield, but saying SUI is as well seems way offSwiss and Croatia are right there with Spain if not better in the midfield imo….as these matches get close to the vest that's where I'd look. Croatia are probably better, Swiss aren't worse...those teams should be able to control the match. Obv Croatia/Spain would be the best QF matchup regardless the names on the other side the bracket
The derth of goals in the 25th-30th min is quite notable statistically. I'll 'go out on a limb' and say between 2-4 of these R16 games will have a goal occur between the 20th & 30th mins.feel like this is a normal trend, but definitely feel vindicated after seeing so many bets lose in the 5th minute of stoppage time
the thing i understand least in this game is substitutions/lineup changes, but wouldn't that be a reason for Giroud not to make the 11? I feel like he'd be a great sub at 70' to come in and go after crosses in the air against tiring CBs- France’s Olivier Giroud has failed to score in his last 357 minutes at a major tournament, with his last goal dating back to the Euro 2016 quarterfinal against Iceland. He’s yet to register a shot on target at this year’s World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.
good to know, but really only affects futures at this point as everyone's in and i can't imagine people would skip challenges in tight games to avoid a yellowJust to add, yellow cards still accumulate and do not get wiped out until the Semis. If anyone gets their second yellow in the Round of 16 or Quarterfinals, they miss the next game.
I was initially referring to their midfield. Embolo has been impressive as a part-time player and Xhaka breathed life into SUI when they looked like they were in big trouble vs SRB, but Shaqiri is all offense and I don't think they compare to what Iniesta and Modric bringWhich part? I don't mind discussing but where do you think they're weak? It's a pretty loaded lineup
Pretty significant players on yellowsgood to know, but really only affects futures at this point as everyone's in and i can't imagine people would skip challenges in tight games to avoid a yellow
Who is a yellow card away from suspension?
The biggest stars on a yellow card and flirting with suspension include Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez, Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne.
That means that a potential Portugal v Argentina quarter-final clash could be without stars Ronaldo and Messi.
Here is a full list of all the players currently on a yellow card and into the last-16:
Russia: Golovin, Smolov, Gazinskiy
Portugal: Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Adrien Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, Guerreiro, Cedric Soares
France: Pogba, Matuidi, Tolisso
Denmark: Delaney, Sisto, Jorgensen
Croatia: Rakitic, Brozovic, Vrsaljko, Rebic, Mandzukic, Corluka, Jedvaj, and Pjaca
Argentina: Messi, Otamendi, Mascherano, Banega, Mercado, Acuna
Brazil: Neymar, Coutinho, Casemiro
Switzerland: Shaqiri, Behrami, Zakaria
Mexico: Herrera, Gallardo, Layun
Sweden: Claesson, Ekdal, Lustig
England: Walker, Loftus-Cheek
Belgium: De Bruyne, Vertonghen, Meunier
Columbia: Rodriguez, Barrios, Mojica
Japan: Kawashima, Inui, Hasebe